Co-operative Spirit Awards


The Co-operative Spirit awards recognizes and celebrates both individual and organizational commitment and contribution to the co-operative movement and to the social, environmental and economic well-being of the province.

Since their inception in 1999, close to 130 individuals and organizations have received a Spirit Award from the Ontario Co-operative Association. Read the full list of recipients, or view many of our past winners receiving their award on the Spirit Awards You Tube channel!


The awards are generally held every two years but nominations are always open. Nominators can be individuals or organizations (i.e., Ontario co-operatives, credit unions, caisses populaires, or sector organizations and their staff, board or volunteers) that are Members or Members of Member Organization (MOMO) of the Ontario Co-operative Association. Nominators can submit nominations in more than one category. Recipients are chosen by a selection panel, consisting of at least three individuals who are familiar with Ontario’s co-operative sector, and who are not OCA staff.

2019 Spirit Awards 

The 2019 Spirit Awards were presented at our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 15, at Springfield Golf & Country Club in Guelph ON.

Two individuals and one organization received an award this year:

  • Kerr Smith, Gay Lea Food Co-operative
  • Kelly Storie, La Siembra Co-operative
  • FirstOntario Credit Union

Learn more about them by veiwing the media release!

If you have any questions regarding the Co-operative Spirit Awards, please contact: Jennifer Ross at [email protected] or 519-763-8271 x 22.